Thanks to the bottle of cold duck her parents drank on New Year’s Eve 1968, Traci Kanaan was born in the amazing sexually charged year of 1969, but raised in Berea, OH, a quiet, unassuming little suburb on the southwest side of Cleveland. Traci’s mother encouraged Traci to take dance lessons and piano lessons. Traci began studying piano at The Cleveland Institute of Music, but was eventually asked to “move on” after burning through 8 teachers in 8 years due to “Traci’s inability to play things the way they were written.” She wound up finishing her high school years studying with an adjunct teacher at Baldwin-Wallace College, who embraced and encouraged Traci’s creative abilities. She graduated from Berea High School in 1987, then Otterbein University in 1991 graduating with a B.A. in Music and Business with minors in Music Composition, Piano Performance and Electronic Music.
After a chance meeting at a service club conference in Toronto, Canada, 4 months of telephone courtship and 16 days in person, Traci up and left Ohio following her new boyfriend to Palmetto, FL, in 1995. They married in 1997. Later that year, she started Traci Keychain Advertising Specialties, Inc. and began selling promotional products and corporate gifts to local businesses. She was nominated for Manatee Small Business of the Year in 1999, 2000, & 2001. She sold the accounts to a friend in 2014 so she could pursue comedy full-time.
During her years as a promotional products distributor, Traci was very active in the community as a business leader and community volunteer. She was an active member of The Manatee Chamber of Commerce and The Palmetto Rotary for nearly 20 years. She served as President of The Palmetto Rotary Club in 2004-2005 and again in 2014-2015, and as Rotary International Area 10 Governor for District 6960. She also served on the board for Keep Manatee Beautiful and served as Chairman. She started the Palmetto High School Interact Club in 1998, and served as a Mentor to 3 middle school girls and as a Big Bister for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Suncoast for several years. She still keeps in touch with 1 of the 3 girls she mentored (now in her early 30s), and her Little (now in her early 20s).
In 2002, Traci performed at her first open mic, and was bitten hard by the stand-up comedy bug. Finally – she was able to unleash her musical creativity on unsuspecting comedy audiences, and eventually became known as The Princess of Parodies. She released her first (and only, to date) comedy CD in 2009, called Tinkle Tinkle Little Star. Also in 2009, Traci was hired to perform at a clothing optional resort, and seeing an opportunity to expand her comedy market, began creating another musical comedy show specifically for swingers, nudists and BDSMers (those into bondage, discipline and sado-masochism). Her comedy persona for that market is known as The Dominatrix of Ditties. Traci’s mother passed in March of 2017, but somehow mustered the strength to shoot a video her Dominatrix of Ditties (now for sale) on a cruise ship 9 days later. The Dominatrix of Ditties was voted Top Female Lifestyle Entertainer by the Annual Lifestyle Awards in 2015, 2016 & 2017.
In addition to being a comedian, Traci is also a Certified Hypnotist, Certified Hypnotherapist, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, Certified Transpersonal Hypnotherapist, and Stage Hypnotist. She owns Wings Hypnosis, LLC, and very much enjoys helping her clients overcome whatever challenges are holding them back from the life they’ve always dreamed about living. Her specialty is Erotic Hypnosis, helping men and women achieve their highest sexual potential. But if you want to lose weight or quit smoking, she can help you with that too!
In 2015, Traci found herself separated from her husband in her mid 40’s AND simultaneously caring for her mother who had dementia, myasthenia gravis and uncontrolled diabetes. She was lonely, and to help distract her from the pressures of divorce and caring for her mother, she did what millions of others had done, and tried online dating. She began posting her “inquiries” on Facebook along with her hilarious responses and someone said “You should write a book!” So she did. Her first book, Hey…and other scintillating mating calls from the online dating world was published December 2017, and details the crazy, stupid and ignorant emails Traci got, her insanely funny responses, along with other things you don’t really need to know about online dating.
Traci currently resides in St. Petersburg, FL, where she is a therapy human for her 2 Siamese cats, Thelma and Louise. In her spare time, she travels the world and you can “bet your sweet bippy” she’s thinking of more ways to make you laugh!